“This executive order to establish the American AI Initiative comes at a watershed moment in the AI community,” Parker said. “My priority since joining the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has been to help solidify our nation’s strength in AI research and application. AI impacts everything from health care to energy to safety and defense, so an investment in AI is an investment in securing our future.”
A native of Orange County, North Carolina, Davis was inspired to pursue higher education by some of his childhood friends’ parents, who were teachers. While that would make him the first in his family to attend college, there was a problem.
“Wayne Davis is a proven and respected University leader who has served the flagship campus in numerous capacities for more than four decades. As its dean, he has presided over a thriving Tickle College of Engineering, growing in enrollment, research productivity and achieving new heights of national recognition,” DiPietro said. “I greatly appreciate Wayne and his wife, Sylvia, postponing retirement to continue serving their alma mater during this critical time.”
“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to helping our college in its upward trajectory,” said Shupe. “We have a lot of phenomenal resources, faculty and research here at UT, and a lot of that comes directly back to the support given by our alumni.”
Chancellor Beverly Davenport lauded Davis’s accomplishments and presented him with a painting of a peak in the Smoky Mountains, while Interim Provost John Zomchick pointed out that he and Davis have a combined 80 years serving UT.
He said he knew he wanted to go to college as early as the first grade. His childhood friends’ moms were all teachers, inspiring him to want a college degree, even though no one in his family tree had done so.
“As an alumnus of the college, I take great pride in the strides that have been made, the goals that we have met, and the obstacles we have overcome as a team,” said Davis.
Davis noted that the success of the campaign will help the college for generations through improvements to infrastructure, support for research, and enhancements to the student experience.
The Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 34th among all public universities in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings released Tuesday, September 12. The college is ranked 61st in the new National Universities list, which includes public and private universities that emphasize research and offer a full range of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. “Engineering […]